Griffin Technology Academies Board of Directors

Back Row, L to R:  Britany Navarro, Vivian Wesley, Jaime Guzman
Front Row, L to R: Andrea Wynn-Walker, Debbie Lamb,  Lynne Vaughan


The GTA Board of Directors typically meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (including the Summer), at 6:00pm in Room E3 on campus. Please verify the dates of the meetings on the Calendar.

Board Members

Name & e-mail Steering Curriculum Fiscal & Audit VOORP Personnel Facilities & Safety
Debbie Lamb x x x
Jaime Guzman x x
Lynne Vaughan x x x x x
Jim Shorter x
Andrea Wynn-Walker x
Vivian Wesley x

*VOORP = Volunteer Oversight, Outreach/Recruitment, PR & Personnel Committees


Meet The Board

Debbie Lamb

Board Chairperson

Ms. Lamb has been a board member since 2010 and is a seasoned marketing, advertising and public relations professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing. She posseses a degree in Public Relations and Communications.
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Lynne Vaughan

Board Member

Ms. Vaughan is a founding Board member of MIT Academy. She has 50 years of experience in education in addition to a Masters degree in English and a PhD in American Studies.
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Jim Shorter

Board Vice-Chairperson

Mr. Shorter has years of experience working in the field supporting individuals with developmental disabilities with his current position as Executive Director of Golden Gate Regional Center. He holds a degree in Psychology and a masters in Business Administration.

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Jaime Guzman

Board Member

Mr. Guzman has served as Treasurer since 2008 with over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. He received his accounting education from Heald College and California State University, East Bay and currently works for Solano County Health Social Services.
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Andrea Wynn Walker

Board Member

Ms. Wynn Walker joined the board in 2014 and serves as the president of the AAPA at MIT Academy. She received her Bachelor’s in Computer Science with emphasis in computer programming from Sonoma State University and currently works as a Senior Lab Technician at Ausenco LLC and as an Adjunct instructor teaching CIS at Solano Community College.
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Vivian Wesley

Board Member

Mrs. Wesley joined the board in June 2017, but her experience with MIT Academy dates back to 2004 with her twin daughters. She holds two Associate degrees and works for the Napa County Health & Human Services Agency.
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Britany Navarro

Student Representative

Britany Navarro is a senior at MIT Academy, and joined the board as a student representative for the 2019-2020 school year.  A native of Nicaragua, Ms. Navarro was previously a student at the high school during the 2016-2017 school year.  She enjoys playing soccer, softball, and listening to music.  She completed an internship with the Astronomy Club, and her community service hours were with the high school’s Key Club.

Previous Student Representatives:
2019-20 Myco Torres
2018-19 Luis Segura
2017-18 Dominique Monta
2016-17 Teresita Gaitan
2015-16 Adriana Wynn-Walker
2014-15 Reniel Del Rosario
2013-14 Gerica Butler
2012-13 Luis Rosales
2011-12 Darnesha Hopkins
2010-11 Chris Arriola

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

Board of Director – Application

Board FAQ’s

When and where does the board meet?

The board meets at 6:00pm on the second Tuesday of the month in room E3 at MIT Academy. Closed sessions (limited to board members) meet immediately after the regular meeting.

Why be on the board?

The GTA Board helps decide the direction of Mare Island Technology Academy MS, MIT Academy HS, and Griffin Academy. As a board member you have the chance to effect chance and help GTA move forward.
What does the board do?

  1. The board sets and enforces policy for Griffin Technology Academies
  2. The board oversees all budgetary information, and makes financial decisions
  3. The board hires and evaluates the superintendent
  4. The board is involved in all personnel decisions
  5. The board makes decisions involving all curriculum-based programs
  6. The board makes decisions involving volunteering opportunities and personnel
  7. Board members sit on various committees dealing with the above
  8. Board members sit on TOE hearings (Termination of Enrollment) to decide consequences for students who have demonstrated inappropriate behavior, or have engaged in egregious rules violations

Does time spent being on the board and its related activities count as volunteer time?

Yes, the more time spent on the board means more involvement in activities.

What kind of time commitment is involved in being on the board?

  • Attend regular monthly board meetings, including closed session
  • Provide points of view and information from personal experience
  • Attend special board meetings (numbers vary)
  • Board members usually serve on one or more board Sub-Committees, which include:
    • VOORP (Volunteer, Outreach, Recruitment, and Personnel)
    • Curriculum
    • Executive/Steering
    • Fiscal & Audit
    • Facilities/Safety

Steps to apply for Board membership

  1. Attend a minimum of 3 board meetings
  2. Fill out a complete application
  3. Interview with board members
  4. Voted on by board majority